Michael Porter Jr.
F - DEN
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets and forward Michael Porter Jr. have agreed to terms on a five-year, $207 million contract.
After a breakout season in which Porter saw a career-high in points and games played, the Nuggets rewarded the star with a nice contract. With Jamaal Murray likely to be sidelined for the first few months of the season, Porter will likely see an uptick in points and minutes.
Michael Porter Jr. totaled 11 points (3-13 FG, 2-9 3PT, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, and one assist in the Nuggets’ 123-98 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.
Porter will hope to get going after the Nuggets' loss to the Suns, as his production has taken a big hit due to his back injury. It could be tough investing in him at this point, especially with the return of Will Barton. As the Nuggets scramble to find some direction, the team could opt to play the hot hand and abandon the formalities of their original lineup. Even though this is a possibility that could hurt Porter's stock, it could lead to him becoming an attractive tournament play given the potential of low ownership, his talent, and the urgency the team will have to play with to stay "alive."
Michael Porter Jr. totaled 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3 PT), seven rebounds, and two assists in the Nuggets’ 122-105 loss to the Suns on Monday.
Porter scored 15.0 points in the Nuggets’ loss to the Suns, putting up a palatable fantasy effort in the process. He is having a fantastic playoffs and seems poised to find success in this series against the Suns; however, to do so, it could mean that he will have to play smarter while on the floor when going against a Chris Paul led Suns squad. Porter's talent is undeniable; however, what does it look like when he can no longer just use his athleticism to create more opportunities to produce value? He is a core offensive cog with significant upside that could be limited due to the score-heavy nature of his value build. It may take him some time to put up a ceiling game or two, so be sure to manage expectations before investing in him for your lineups.
Michael Porter Jr. totaled three points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3PT) and five rebounds in the Nuggets’ 115-95 loss to the Trailblazers on Saturday.
Porter scored 3.0 points in the Nuggets’ loss to the Trailblazers, making this not only his worst scoring effort of the year but his worse fantasy performance of the year as well. He was underutilized and unproductive on the floor, as the Trailblazers found a way to limit his production. Porter’s play has regressed in each game this series and reached an all-time low in a costly loss to an opportunistic Trailblazers squad. It is hard to bet against him for fantasy purposes given his excellent season, now may be the best time to invest as the Nuggets will more than likely come out next game blazing looking to settle the score.
Michael Porter Jr. totaled 18 points (5-13 FG, 3-6 3PT, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and two steals in the Nuggets' 128-109 win over the Trailblazers on Monday.
Porter scored 18.0 points in the Nuggets' win over the Trailblazers, putting together an impactful performance for the team. He has shown himself to be an invaluable piece to the team's success and has been a fantastic piece to all of our fantasy lineups this season. One of the biggest things for Porter is the "what's next" question. We all know that he has met and exceed expectations this season, but what will be next for this young talent as the team finds themselves in a heated battle against a hungry Trailblazers team? Will he be able to take his game to a new level? Will he be able to adjust and evolve his approach when teams adjust and exploit his weaknesses? These questions will be fun to answer as we experience this series as they are essential to helping us invest in the right talent for our optimal lineups. Porter remains a must-consider option with the potential to become a must-start play should he be able to make that "jump."